ICC Note: A Christian mother of seven children narrates the suffering and persecution she witnessed by Boko Haram. According to her experience, the jihadists kill innocent people, burn entire villages and steal livestock, in an area so dependent on farming and agriculture. Furthermore, the Islamic fighters treat non-Muslims as “pagans” and threaten them to convert to Islam, as the victim recounts in her story. Boko Haram has carried out several attacks exclusively against Christians in the past, but their attacks have contributed to the malnutrition crisis that the whole region is experiencing, which affects both Christians and Muslims.
9/19/2016, Cameroon (Vanguard) – Boko Haram butchered nine people in front of me. That day I decided to leave my village,” says Rachel Daviguidam, still devastated by the carnage she witnessed in September 2015. One year on and this 30-year-old Cameroonian is still unable to get the images out of her mind. And this mother of seven cannot see herself returning to her village of Golvadi in Cameroon’s Far North, an area that has suffered multiple attacks by Boko Haram jihadists based just across the border in Nigeria. Over the past year, Daviguidam and her husband and children have been living in Koza, a small town surrounded by mountains about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Maroua, capital of the Far North region. … [Full Story]